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2022 Public Reading Schedule

Public Readings for the summer of 2022 will be offered online and begin at 7 pm according to the schedule below. Reservations are not required.

Attend the Readings HERE

Writers Institute Students will offer readings of their own work Wednesdays June 30, July 7, 14 and 21.

With sponsorship from the New York State Writers Institute and Northshire Bookstores.

Schedule subject to change. Please check the Skidmore College master calendar or call the NYS Summer Writers Institute at 518-580-5593.

Monday, June 27:

Rosanna Warren (Poetry) & Elizabeth Benedict (Fiction)

Tuesday, June 28:

Amy Hempel (Fiction) & Campbell McGrath (Poetry)

Wednesday, June 29:

Student Reading

Thursday, June 30

Russell Banks (Fiction) & Chase Twichell (Poetry)

Monday, July 4

Phillip Lopate (Non-Fiction) & Calvin Baker (Fiction)

Tuesday, July 5

Honor Moore (Non-Fiction) & Gregory Pardlo (Poetry)

Wednesday, July 6

Student Reading

Thursday, July 7

Claire Messud (Fiction) & Vijay Seshadri (Poetry)

Monday, July 11

Mary Gaitskill (Fiction) & Peg Boyers (Poetry)

Tuesday, July 12

A Conversation: Writing & Talking About Race: John McWhorter & Thomas Chatterton Williams

Wednesday, July 13

Student Reading

Thursday, July 14

Rick Moody (Fiction) & Francine Prose (Fiction)

Monday, July 18

Garth Greenwell (Fiction) & Frank Bidart (Poetry)

Tuesday, July 19

Joyce Carol Oates (Fiction) & Adam Braver (Fiction)

Wednesday, July 20

Student Reading (Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction)

Thursday, July 

Jamaica Kincaid (Fiction) & Henri Cole (Poetry)

The NYS Summer Writers Institute Program at Skidmore College


The NYS Summer Writers Institute was founded and is still produced by author and professor Robert Boyers at Skidmore College, with sponsorship from Northshire Bookstores and in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany.


Previous visiting writers include Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, Pulitzer Prize winner and NYS Writers Institute Founder William Kennedy, Mary Gordon, Tom Healy, Margo Jefferson, Binnie Kirshenbaum, John McWhorter, James Miller, Caryl Phillips, Katha Pollitt, Francine Prose and Victoria Redel.

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